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In this video we will analyze some of the mathematics behind a card shuffling technique known as the perfect shuffle in a simulated casino environment. Specifically, we’ll examine an application that sets up three different online blackjack casinos each with different variations. The casinos will only use perfect shuffles to shuffle the deck before each hand of blackjack. Due to already proven theorems regarding perfect shuffles, this will enable us to determine all possible outcomes regarding winning and losing. (You don’t win every time!) This will then reveal to us the best strategies to maximize earnings over time in each casino, all while appearing as unsuspicious as possible.






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